Call for Papers: American Society of International Law’s Annual Symposium on The Future of the State: Submit by Oct 22

Call for Papers

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We welcome papers addressing issues related, but not limited, to the following questions:

Is the modern state the best we can do for human political organization and governance? In face of the challenges of the 21st century and beyond, is the emergence of new models of governance desirable? Or, on the contrary, does it become even more imperative to save and preserve the modern state?

How is the accelerated rate of social changes inciting the appearance of new political theories, as well as making some old libertarian ones more appealing? In face of these changes, will the state’s relevance and continuity require new theoretical frameworks? Or, on the contrary, will it become even more necessary to reinforce the existing ones?

Are the state’s actions and failures, both individually and through the work of international organizations, likely to contribute to the state’s decline?

Does the increasing delegation to the private sector of activities traditionally performed by the states, from basic services to warfare, carry with it long term risks to the state’s continuity?

Is International Law an obstacle to the appearance of new forms of political organization
and governance?

What can we learn from the history and demise of governance systems that preceded the modern state?

What could, or should, states do in order to maintain their relevance and legitimately prolong their existence for the next centuries?

Submissions Procedure

Those interested in participating in the symposium should send an abstract (length  of their choice) and a description of their institutional affiliation to Elizabeth Rodríguez-Santiago at and (copy both addresses).


The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 22nd October, 2016.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and decisions will be notified no later than 27th October, 2016.

The deadline for the submission of the papers drafts, for purposes of publication, will be 1st March, 2017.


For those selected, all lodging and meals will be provided. It will be the presenter’s responsibility to arrange for travel to and from Washington DC.

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